Eat to the Beat 2016 – Culinary Event

Sixty female chefs joined forces at Ontario’s Eat to The Beat, for one worthy cause – women supporting women through the challenges that come with a breast cancer diagnosis. Tuesday November 1, 2016, marked the 21st year of Eat to the Beat’s biggest female culinary event in Toronto. Food aficionados got together at Roy Thompson Hall to help raise funds directed towards supporting the full spectrum of breast cancer care offered by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation – from important research where the latest innovations are developed to direct patient support – and will benefit not only the estimated 25,000 Canadian women who are diagnosed every year with this disease, but also the families and friends who love and support them.

The Eat to the Beat Toronto event is a mecca for urban foodies who come to experience the best that Ontario’s culinary scene has to offer while listening to DJ mixes and a live violinist. Event attendees had the opportunity to enjoy dishes from 60 of the most talented female chefs in Ontario. Stations were blossoming with canape-style ensembles ranging from savory to sweet and everything else in between. Wine, beer and a selection of non alcoholic libations from the finest beverage purveyors were also up for grabs.

Understanding there were 60 different, tasty dishes to choose from, and knowing we could not pass the opportunity of indulging in such selection, we made it a point to try as many of them as possible, all in the name of this great cause. Though we managed to eat only 20 of the bite-sized pieces of art, I felt I was lucky enough to have tasted some of the favourites that night. Pants were a bit tight the next day but the smile the dishes put on our faces, priceless.

The team from Xola opened up our appetite with their Haddock ceviche lathered in coconut milk, pineapple and habanero peppers. A smooth, fresh and palate teaser of a dish.

The crowd from Mildred’s Temple Kitchen enveloped our taste buds with earthy and sweet flavours with their roast breast of duck on crispy polenta with a green peppercorn and wild blueberry chutney.

Shortly after we moved to the land of oeey-gooey goodness with the folks from Emma’s Eatery who created a terrific lobster grilled cheese. Then venturing into land never conquered before, trying Aphrodite Cooks‘ succulent, buttery and mouth-watering smoked turkey and gruyere waffles topped with maple crème fraîche.

Christine Ostiguy from Yorkshire Pudding Catering lured us back into seafood notes with her Ontario smoked trout resting on a hand-cut potato crisp, parsnip mousse and preserved lemon with horseradish. Meanwhile in close proximity folks sitting at my table couldn’t stop talking about the mini chili bowls from Ace Bakery featuring tiny pink slider buns.

And finally, Wanda’s Pie in the Sky excelled with Grand Marnier Nanaimo bars. The silky coconut and chocolate ensemble made this a perfect end to the night.

Foodies Inked was privileged to be a part of this fabulous event and enjoy the dishes, one bite at a time, with the objective to help bring awareness to an incredible cause and spread the word on why Eat to the Beat Toronto is an event like no other. A big thanks go out to Ashworth Associates PR for making us a part of this fabulous cause. We can’t wait for next year’s event!

Buen Provecho,
Foodies Inked.

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